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List of famous daimyos, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top daimyos in the world? This includes the most prominent daimyos, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable daimyos is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic daimyos were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned daimyos.

List features famous Japanese feudal lords like Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga. Also featuring Japanese samurai who became lords, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known daimyos to the lesser known daimyos of today, these are some of the best professionals in the daimyo field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous daimyos ever?" and "What are the names of famous daimyos?" then you're in the right place. 

Oda Nobunaga is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Oda Nobunaga was a powerful samurai daimyo warlord of Japan in the late 16th century who initiated the unification of Japan near the end of the Warring States period. He lived a life of ...more

Matsudaira Hirotada is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Hirotada was the lord of Okazaki Castle in Mikawa province, Japan during the Sengoku Period of the 16th century. He is best known for being the father of Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of ...more

Ii Naosuke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Ii Naosuke was daimyo of Hikone and also Tairō of Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan, a position he held from April 23, 1858 until his death on March 24, 1860. He is most famous for signing the Harris ...more

Matsudaira Kiyoyasu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Kiyoyasu was the 7th lord over the Matsudaira clan during the Sengoku period of Japan. Kiyoyasu was the grandfather of the exceedingly famous unifier of Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu. ...more

Hasekura Tsunenaga is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga was a Japanese samurai and retainer of Date Masamune, the daimyo of Sendai. In the years 1613 through 1620, Hasekura headed a diplomatic mission to the Vatican in ...more

Toyotomi Hideyoshi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a preeminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier". He succeeded his former ...more

Matsudaira Tadaaki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Tadaaki was a Japanese samurai of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period through early Edo period. He was a retainer and relative of the Tokugawa clan.

Matsudaira Katamori is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Katamori was a samurai who lived in the last days of the Edo period and the early to mid Meiji period. He was the 9th daimyo of the Aizu han and the Military Commissioner of Kyoto ...more

Matsudaira Tadanao is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Tadanao was a Japanese daimyo in the early Edo period. He was the head of the Fukui Domain.

Matsudaira Shigekatsu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Shigekatsu was a Japanese daimyo of the early Edo period. Also known as Denzaburō. Inherited headship of the Nomi-Matsudaira from his father, Matsudaira Shigeyoshi. He served as a ...more

Oda Nobutoshi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Viscount Oda Nobutoshi was a daimyo of the tozama feudal domain of Tendō, in Dewa province, northern Japan. He was a direct descendant of the famed Oda Nobunaga, through Nobunaga's son Oda ...more

Matsudaira Sadaaki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Sadaaki was a Japanese daimyo of the Bakumatsu period, who was the last ruler of the Kuwana Domain. Sadaaki was the adopted heir of Matsudaira Sadamichi, the descendant of Sadatsuna, ...more

Matsudaira Ietada is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Ietada, also known as Matsudaira Tomomo no Suke, was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku period.

Takeda Katsuyori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Takeda Katsuyori was a Japanese daimyo of the Sengoku Period, who was famed as the head of the Takeda clan and the successor to the legendary warlord Takeda Shingen. He was the son of Shingen by ...more

Matsudaira Shigetada is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Shigetada was a Japanese daimyo of the Azuchi-Momoyama period to early Edo period. His court title was Tango no kami. In 1612, Shigetada became an ōbangashira. He took part in the ...more

Matsudaira Kataharu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Viscount Matsudaira Kataharu was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the daimyō of Tonami han in the early Meiji Era. Born the eldest son of Matsudaira Katamori, he succeeded ...more

Matsudaira Katataka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Matsudaira Katataka Japanese daimyo lord, ruler of the 230,000 koku Aizu domain in Mutsu Province. Known in his youth as Keizaburō 慶三郎, he was born to Matsudaira Yoshikazu, the lord of the ...more

Matsudaira Nobunori is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Viscount Matsudaira Nobunori was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as daimyō of Aizu Domain from 1868-69. Born the son of Tokugawa Nariaki of Mito, he was adopted by ...more

Saitō Yoshitatsu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Saitō Yoshitatsu was a Japanese samurai during the Sengoku period. Yoshiatsu was the son of Saitō Dōsan. In 1556, Dōsan was killed in battle against forces led by Yoshitatsu. The son of ...more

Uesugi Mochinori is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Count Uesugi Mochinori was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the last daimyo of Yonezawa han in Dewa Province. In the Meiji era he became a government official and briefly ...more

Tokugawa Iesato is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Prince Tokugawa Iesato was the first head of the Tokugawa clan after the overthrow of the Tokugawa bakufu, and a figure in Japanese politics during the Meiji, Taishō and early Shōwa period

Tokugawa Yoshikatsu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Tokugawa Yoshikatsu was a Japanese daimyo of the late Edo period, who ruled the Owari Domain. He was the brother of Matsudaira Katamori.

Tokugawa Mitsukuni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Tokugawa Mitsukuni or Mito Kōmon was a prominent daimyo who was known for his influence in the politics of the early Edo period. He was the third son of Tokugawa Yorifusa and succeeded him, ...more

Akimoto Hirotomo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Akimoto Hirotomo was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period who served as the lord of Tatebayashi han. Succeeding to family headship in 1864, he ruled the domain during the closing stages of ...more

Abe Tadaaki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Daimyos
Abe Tadaaki was a high-ranking government official in Japan under Tokugawa Iemitsu and Ietsuna, the third and fourth Tokugawa Shogun. Daimyo of the Oshi Domain in modern-day Saitama prefecture, ...more